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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Glacier

As described in the use case, it is perfect for backup data storage where you do not expect to retrieve the data often. Think of it as a data dump; it is nice to know you have a backup, but it actually is expensive and somewhat difficult to retrieve everything.
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Carbonite Server Backup

In our case it was a perfect fit for not just our server backup, but we can log into a main console and check on backups on PC's thru out the company
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
7.0
Universal recovery
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
8.2
Live recovery
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
8.2
Recovery verification
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
8.2
Business application protection
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
7.7
Multiple backup destinations
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
5.8
Incremental backup identification
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
6.7
Backup to the cloud
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
6.2
Deduplication and file compression
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
7.3
Snapshots
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
4.5

Pros

  • Cheap storage of backup data.
  • Can be used as a part of the entire suite of tools from Amazon, without requiring you to leave the familiar stack.
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  • Automatic emailing of static of backup or if problems happen.
  • Easy admin console to see how much drive space is available.
  • Easy to install.
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Cons

  • Accessing data stored in Glacier is slow. That shouldn't be a surprise, but it is undesirable nonetheless.
  • Retrieving a large amount of data can be expensive; Glacier's intended use is as an archive of rarely-accessed data.
  • Some users regard Glacier with fear and uncertainty. Slow retrieval time and high retrieval cost are the greatest risks of using Glacier, and they are also the Glacier interaction that most users have the least experience with.
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  • The email system does not always send out emails on failures.
  • Have it do a retry on some backup operations when it fails.
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Usability

Amazon Glacier6.0
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It is difficult to delete the data as you have to wait for inventory and then bucket modification has to expire.
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Alternatives Considered

It is significantly cheaper than other services, however, it is because it actually is a slightly different service. The other services we've tried allow live reading/writing of data as needed, whereas Glacier is a "cold storage" service. So essentially your choice ends up being based on what you plan to do with your data: keep it indefinitely or retrieve and modify it (potentially often and multiple times).
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Honestly the first use I had of this product was because I had inherited it. My first interaction came from a new client who was utilizing the software, this was a few years ago. Since that first interaction I've become more impressed with the software over the years, and when it's been a good fit for a new customer I try to utilize it
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Return on Investment

  • Inexpensive storage.
  • Ease of mind to know you still have the data somewhere in case you need it.
  • Set it and forget it (until you need it).
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  • The instances of Carbonite I've run into have more than paid for themselves, the positive impact has been great.
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Pricing Details

Amazon Glacier

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Carbonite Server Backup

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
Trial and paying customers have access to our valet install free of charge. Call and speak to a specialist who can remotely connect to your machine to ensure it's installed and configured correctly to protect your critical data.